Home Sales On Pace for Worse Year Than 2010

existing home sales
existing home sales

WASHINGTON - The number of people who bought previously occupied homes dropped in July. The third decline in four months suggests the depressed housing market won't help the U.S. economy recover this year.

Home sales fell 3.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.67 million homes, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. That's far below the 6 million that economists say must be sold to sustain a healthy housing market.

And this year's pace is lagging behind last year's total sales. The 4.91 million last year were the weakest sales figures in 13 years.